When you are in Singapore, as we discovered on our first day here and then during our Travel in Singapore yesterday, even a week is probably too short a time to truly live this lovely city. There is so much to do and before you realize, the day is over. So I woke up very early today to get a feel of Singapore, as it wakes up.
My friend’s apartment in Lakeside where we are putting up is a very cute one with some great views from it’s tenth floor. Lakeside is a beautiful neighborhood surrounded by parks in the Jurong area of Singapore’s West region. With modern high-rise buildings contrasted by beautiful temples, pagodas and stone bridges set in a Chinese garden, this area balances city living with the peace and serenity of large open spaces and natural surroundings. With an abundance of water bodies including a lake, lush green parks, interesting attractions, shopping arcades, supermarkets and some great food options, Lakeside is slowly transforming into a key leisure destination in Singapore. I took the elevator down for a walk. Come let’s feel the morning.
Back home fresh, it was time for my black coffee standing at my favorite window, before we four friends decided to go out for breakfast. And we quickly got into action.
We are now at Toast Box, a Singaporean contemporary coffee chain which prides itself in the recreation of Nanyang coffee and toast culture popular during the 1960’s and 70’s. As we stepped inside we were greeted by the fragrance of coffee made from freshly-ground caramelized coffee beans and a choice of Traditional Kaya Toast, Peanut Butter Thick Toast, Cheesy Ham & Egg Thick Toast and half boiled eggs to be had with Soya Sauce, the Singaporean way. You can feel the nostalgic reflection of the coffee shops from the 60’s, where the typical breakfast was apparently a fragrant cup of Nanyang Coffee accompanied by freshly toasted bread. Loved the breakfast and had a second round of coffee before we moved to the next landmark destination.
We just reached Marina Bay Sands, an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. The resort designed by Moshe Safdie includes a 2,561 room hotel, a 120,000 square meter convention-exhibition center, ‘The Shoppes’ at Marina Bay Sands mall having close to 93,000 square meter of retail space with over 300 stores including the top boutiques and F&B outlets, two large theaters, “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, ArtScience exhibits museum and the world’s largest atrium casino with 1000 tables and 1,600 slot machines.
The complex has three 55 storey hotel towers which are connected by a 340 meter long roof terrace, ‘Sands SkyPark’ and a 150 meter elevated infinity swimming pool set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform 191 meters above ground. The SkyPark also has two rooftop nightclubs – Avalon and Pangaea, gardens with hundreds of trees and plants and a public observatory deck with 360 degree views of the Singapore skyline. The SkyPark though is accessible only to hotel guests.
Let’s go around this magical creation, where if you have the time, you can spend a full day and even night shopping, eating, gambling, indulging and entertaining yourself with or without your family.
The casino is one of the major attractions of this place and so we decided to visit. For non Singaporeans entry is free. My brother who keeps visiting and the two of us ventured in while our other partner, well she went shopping. The casino is huge and offers complimentary soft and hot drinks to help you keep focus. And as my brother played, we picked up a few tips from him. He quickly went on to win around seventy dollars and we soon on our way to explore more.
An interesting feature of this structure is that a canal runs through the length of the Shoppes, in the same style as The Venetian in Las Vegas. Sampan rides on the canal are available for guests and shoppers at the shopping mall, similar to the gondola rides available in the Venetian.
We all had a good fill before moving out of the complex towards the bay area. Come enjoy the beautiful views and landmarks before we move back in and head towards another must visit attraction of Singapore.
We are now back inside the mall on our way through an elevated pathway connecting ‘Marina Bay Sands’ to ‘Gardens by the Bay’. ‘Gardens by the Bay’ is a nature park spanning 101 hectares adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The largest of the gardens is Bay South Garden at 54 hectares designed by Grant Associates. Its Flower Dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world.
Gardens by the Bay was intended to be Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space and a national icon and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore, the park receiving over 50 million visitors last year. Come enjoy this lovely walk with us with some wonderful views once again to take along. And the Gardens.
Time to chill out? O yes it’s been a busy day. But before that if you wish to buy those little memories of Singapore, including casual apparels with the latest fashion trends without shelling out much, head with us to Bugis Street Market.
It was getting darker and the perfect time to settle down. Here at Clarke Quay. Walking down the streets and sitting down near the river with a few cans of lager, watching the colors, lights and boats with happy people sailing by and feeling the pulse of one of the most happening party destinations of Singapore by the night.
We are now at Hooters Singapore, the Fun American neighborhood restaurant which started in December 1996 in Clarke Quay, the premier entertainment and dining hub in the lion city. The restaurant with 300 seating capacity is set up with the concept of casual, laid-back and fun ambiance to welcome everyone. As they promote sports and broadcast sports channels on screens indoor, if you are a sports fan you would love to be here. Seated outdoor, the cozy alfresco area will surely captivate you with a spectacular view of Singapore’s prominent historical attraction, Singapore River. We chose the outdoor.
We quite liked Hooters and when you happen to be in Singapore you could also probably try out the place. The outdoors was more exciting with a view of the river and all the fun activities that was happening on the street next to it.
Our party had begun with Chicken Smoked Wings and draught beer. The night was young. And Singapore, yet lots to be explored.
Singapore. Our journey doesn’t seem to end 🤔